Educational Technology

October 18, 2012

Apple’s iPad takes a massive bite out of PC sales

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Peter Flanagan,

IT’S taken a little more than two years, but tablet computers, such as iPads, are now causing havoc in the PC market. According to a new study from research firm IHS iSuppli, personal computer sales are expected to fall this year for the first time in more than a decade, as tablets begin to make significant inroads into their market. The study forecasts some 348.7 million computers will be bought this year around the world, down from 352.8m in 2011. Assuming that forecast holds, and with the back to school — the busiest time for laptop sales — already passed, it will be the first time since 2001 that PC sales have declined. Meanwhile, technology firm Gartner said PC shipments fell 8pc during the third quarter of the year.

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